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July 23, 2015
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Armadillos implicated in Fla. leprosy reports
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Nine people have been diagnosed with leprosy so far this year in Florida, a state that typically averages 10 cases a year, and the cases reportedly involved animal exposure. The disease, also called Hansen's disease, is carried by armadillos and spreads among humans via droplets. The slow-growing bacteria is easily treated with antibiotics, but without treatment, it can cause permanent damage. Disease expert Richard Truman urged people not to worry. He said many people are immune to the disease, and cases are rare considering how many people are exposed to armadillos. National Public Radio (7/22), WJAX-TV/WFOX-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) (7/20), The Daily Beast (7/22)
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Researchers developing models to understand, fight canine distemper
University of Tennessee researchers are using mathematical models to explore how canine distemper spreads through shelters, with the goal of finding a simple, low-cost method for curbing the spread. The highly contagious disease has posed a persistent problem in rural Cumberland County, Tenn., this year, with dozens of dogs being euthanized amid three recent outbreaks. Vaccines are the best protection against the disease, which is often fatal. WVLT-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (7/21)
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CSU given $10M toward high-tech equine facility
The Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation has donated $10 million toward the construction of a $47 million equine hospital at Colorado State University, part of a major development push that will also create the planned Institute for Biologic Translational Therapies. The 180,000-square-foot equine center will have advanced imaging equipment, isolation areas for infectious disease care and more. American City Business Journals/Denver (7/21), The Coloradoan (Fort Collins, Colo.) (tiered subscription model) (7/21)
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U. of Maine makes plans to advance tick-borne disease research
The University of Maine has committed money for the creation of a lab dedicated to the study of pest management, with a focus on animal and human health. The lab will be the only one in the state with the ability to test ticks for Lyme and other infectious diseases. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (7/21)
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How much should you budget for pet care?
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Dog owners can expect to spend between $1,300 and $1,800 or more on their pet annually on care and supplies including vaccines, microchipping, food, bedding and boarding, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Pet owners spent $58 billion on their animals last year, according to the American Pet Products Association. KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (7/21)
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Why spay an indoor cat?
Owners of indoor cats may think spaying is not necessary, but veterinarian Stacy Skoraczewski writes that there are numerous benefits to the procedure. Spaying will prevent females from becoming pregnant if they do manage to sneak out the door, and when performed in young cats, the procedure dramatically reduces the risk of mammary cancer. In addition, spayed cats are no longer at risk of developing an infected uterus, and the procedure can address unwanted behaviors associated with heat cycles. The Daily Press (Ashland, Wis.) (7/22)
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Read the latest issue of JAVMA News
The Aug. 1 issue of JAVMA News is now available. In this issue: The AVMA unveils its new logo and other elements of its new brand; the GAO reports that there are not enough federal veterinarians to respond to animal disease emergencies; lax biosecurity likely helped spread a highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus among farms, according to federal agriculture authorities; and much more. Read the Aug. 1 issue of JAVMA News.
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